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Groups ask court to restore protections for US gray wolves

The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service said gray wolves have exceeded goals for recovery.
FILE - This June 29, 2017, file remote camera image provided by the U.S. Forest Service shows a...
FILE - This June 29, 2017, file remote camera image provided by the U.S. Forest Service shows a female gray wolf and two of the three pups born in 2017 in the wilds of Lassen National Forest in Northern California.(Uncredited | U.S. Forest Service via AP, File)
Published: Jan. 14, 2021 at 1:48 PM CST
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BILLINGS, Mont. (AP) — Wildlife advocates are asking a federal court to overturn a U.S. government decision that stripped Endangered Species Act protections for wolves across most of the nation.

Two coalitions of advocacy groups filed lawsuits Thursday in U.S. District Court in Northern California seeking to restore protections for the predators.

The Trump administration announced in October that wolves were considered recovered from near-extinction across most of the U.S. But critics of the move say continued protections are needed so fledgling wolf populations in Colorado and on the West Coast can continue to expand.

The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service said gray wolves have exceeded goals for recovery.

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